Budding bravehearts in Harrow and Brent are being given the chance to try out a thrilling challenge – and support a great cause at the same time.
St Luke’s Hospice, in Harrow, is organising a Fire Walk on Thursday 30 September, and is asking local people to put their best feet forward to boost fundraising efforts.
The event will take place at Harrow District Masonic Centre between 7pm and 10pm. Money raised from sponsorship will go directly to help the hospice provide vital support to people in Harrow and Brent who are living with life-limiting illnesses.
Firewalking is safe and can be done by almost anyone, and all those taking part will be given full training and guidance to undertake the challenge. Those participating will walk barefoot across hot coals in what promises to be an exhilarating event.
Amongst those already signed up are hospice trustee Neel Radia, whose nan died at St Luke’s after a short illness. Since then, for the past ten years, Neel says he has made it his “personal mission” to support the charity.
He said: “A Fire Walk is something I’ve never done, and I like to challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone, so I can’t wait to give it a go – even though everyone tells me I’m mad!” Two years ago, Neel completed the London Marathon on behalf of the hospice – despite having never before run in his life.
Also taking on the Fire Walk is chairman of the board of the hospice’s trustees, Gillian Schiller.
Hannah Richardson, director of fundraising at St Luke’s Hospice, said: “The ways in which our wonderful supporters raise money is very widespread and varied. People seem to be constantly looking for new and exciting challenges, and this certainly fits the bill – we are very grateful to everyone who is taking part. We still have room for more people, so if you feel you can stand the heat, then come and join us!”
The entrance fee to take part is just £25, and people are being asked to raise a minimum of £100.